Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Road Frustration Index

To investigate the emotive aspects of driving, Audi and the Senseable City Lab are working together to develop the Road Frustration Index, a project that combines realtime data on traffic, incidents, weather and driver sentiment across 30 metropolitan areas in the US to approximate the level of road-induced stress in each locale.

Energy Proforma

The "Energy Proforma" is an online analysis and design tool created by the MIT Clean Energy City project that estimates the energy use of a city’s residents based on their neighborhood’s design characteristics.  To try it out, and to learn about research on energy consumption and neighborhood design, visit http://energyproforma.mit.edu/webtool2S/home.

Water Diplomacy

With a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, our MIT team, under the direction of Professor Lawrence Susskind, in conjunction with colleagues at Tufts University, has organized a Global Research Coordination Network -- a collection of fifteen research centers around the world engaged in water security research and studies of water conflict (www.waterdiplomacy.org).

New England Climate Adaptation Project

This multiyear project is supported by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) at NOAA.  A team of MIT students and faculty, under the direction of Professor Susskind and Patrick Field at the Consensus Building Institute,  are working with coastal communities in four New England states to test the proposition that massive playing or tailored role-play simulations can increase the readiness and inclination of officials and residents to address collective risk management challenges associated with climate change.

MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program

This five year project is supported by the Malaysia government in collaboration with the Universiti of Teknologi of Malaysia (UTM).  Five faculty members from DUSPMIT and five from UTM will select ten Visiting Scholars each year for five years from universities in G-77, developing countries.  The Visiting Scholars will receive support to spend half a year at UTM studying topics related to sustainable city development in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor Bahru, and Georgetown, with the assistance of partnering institutions and regional development agencies.  After their residency in Malaysia, t

Hydropower Conflicts in Patagonia

This is multi-year project is supported by MISTI-Chile.  It involves a team from MIT (led by Professor Larry Susskind), as well as a partner group at Universidad Austral de Chile (in Valdivia, Chile) headed by faculty member Teo Kausal.  MIT student-faculty teams have visited Chile twice in 2013-2013 while the team from Austral visited the US as well. Our goal has been to outline ways in which consultation with the Mapuche people (as required by international law) might be accomplished in conjunction with the massive five dam project (HidroAysen) proposed in Patagonia.

MIT Science Impact Collaborative

Created in 2005 with support from the U.S. Geologic Service (USGS), the Science Impact Collaborative (formally MUSIC) is an extended program of action-research testing the proposition that, anywhere in the world, the right kind of stakeholder engagement in natural resource management can improve the fairness, efficiency, stability and scientific wisdom of collective decisions made in the public arena.

Spring 2013 EPP Newsletter

The Spring 2013 issue of DUSP's Environmental Policy and Planning Newsletter is now available.

This issue focuses on student research, including work with faculty as well as theses and dissertations. As you’ll see, students are working on a broad range of topics, from climate adaptation to energy politics to parking regulation to brownfield restoration. They are capitalizing on the expertise available throughout the department and the Institute; they are producing reports that answer practical questions and appeal to a variety of audiences.

Three DUSP Students Awarded Rappaport Fellowships

Three MIT/DUSP students have been named to participate in the Harvard Kennedy's School's Rappaport Institute Public Policy Fellowship Program this summer.

DUSP Alum Profile: Adele Fleet Bacow (MCP 1977)

We recently asked a number of alumni to share their reflections on the value of their DUSP education.  From time to time, we will feature their responses in this space.

"In retrospect, what made my DUSP education special was that DUSP gave me an opportunity to stretch my thinking, learning, and confidence in planning and community development while working with people with amazing backgrounds, talent, and creative minds.